Across Washington D.C., our communities trust us to provide their children with an outstanding public education. Here’s how we’re living up to this essential promise and building safe, engaging and successful schools:
Significant Academic Growth
DC Scholars Stanton Elementary
Prior to Scholar Academies partnership with DC Public Schools, Stanton Elementary was the lowest performing elementary school in the District of Columbia. Since the fall of 2010, Stanton scholars have consistently grown academically and, as a result, in 2014 DC Scholars Stanton became the first elementary school in DC to exit federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act “priority” status.
During school year 2014 -2015, DC Public Schools adopted the PARCC assessment. This test proved to be more rigorous than the DC CAS, which schools previously used to measure proficiency. Both DC Scholars Stanton Elementary and DC Public Schools saw a decrease in the number of students meeting or exceeding the standard level of proficiency during SY 2014 -15. Yet, students and staff kept working hard at Stanton to achieve our academic goals. In their 2015 -16 PARCC performance, DC Scholars Stanton outgrew all other Ward 8 elementary schools, with the exception of one. Stanton’s growth was among the upper ranks of DCPS in both reading and math, with a 5.4% increase in ELA and a 10% increase in math.
Stanton Growth on DC CAS vs DCPS & DC, SY11-SY14
DC Scholars Public Charter School
During school year 2014 -2015, DC Scholars Public Charter School (DCSPCS) adopted the PARCC assessment. This test proved to be more rigorous than the DC CAS, which schools previously used to measure proficiency. In their 2015 -16 PARCC performance, DC Scholars PCS grew by 20% in math PARCC 4 + performance and by 2% in ELA 4+ performance. DC Scholars PCS’s improvement in the number of students meeting or exceeding the expectations in math ranked 4th, when compared to other elementary and middle charter schools’ growth. While the percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations in ELA stayed the same from SY 2014-15 to SY 2015-16, at 18%, the percent approaching expectations (level 3) rose 9 points, from 23% to 32%. Additionally, students who have been at DCSPCS for 3 or more years were more than twice as likely to be college ready on the PARCC in ELA and more than 1.5 times as likely to be college ready on the PARCC in Math. Thus, students who stay at DCSPCS are more prepared to pursue the path to college and opportunities beyond.
Impact of Years at DCSPCS